Ryan Riddle joins me for a screening of Nebraska edge defender Randy Gregory, a tall, quick prospect with active and heavy hands. Here’s what we cover with one of the safer edge defenders in this class.
- How Gregory wins with his hands and feet.
- What makes Gregory a linear player and why does that both help and hurt him?
- Why Gregory is well coached.
- How a team could integrate film, workouts, and interviews to determine if Gregory can develop more pass rush moves.
- Why the first play of this game might offer a hint that Gregory has the intelligence and courage to develop a more versatile and refined game.
- How does Gregory contribute well within his role when playing “team football?”
- What is “squeezing the hole” mean?
- Why Gregory has a high floor, but gives Ryan concerns as a top-5 pick?
- Does Ryan recognize himself in his 2005 scouting report from Street & Smith’s?
I liked what I saw from Gregory in what was my first viewing. I believe he has to develop a more consistent jump off the line, develop and incorporate more pass rushing moves than his chop, and prove that he can pursue and tackle with greater consistency as a run defender. I’d take the chance on him in the first round of this draft class, but I agree with Ryan, there would have to be a lot more to consider to risk investing one of the highest picks in him.
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